EAST RUTHERFORD—The Giants’ 42-7 blowout of the Eagles was a desperate illustration of what they are capable of when they get it all together, hinting at what they could have accomplished in the postseason if they had simply gotten it together a little more often.
“Speed” is a vague term in football. There’s track speed, football speed, top-end speed, lateral speed and short-area-speed, among other ways to describe how quickly a player moves around the field in different circumstances.
The championship-caliber narrative of the Giants' season was kept alive on Sunday by a fingertip.(2)
It’s always dangerous to start calling for changes after gut-punch losses like last night’s 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, during which 100 percent of Giants fans watching on television were 100 percent sure that Lawrence Tynes had split the uprights with his second-chance field goal attempt.
Last night, the Yankees stopped bleeding. It was the Tampa Bay Rays who made an error, and the Yankees who took advantage, winning 6-4.
Preseason games don’t count.
That’s why the “win is a win is a win” mantra validly trotted out after even the most ugly, pyrrhic regular season victories doesn’t carry weight. Last night’s game was a perfect illustration of this: The Bears may have won the game, but the Giants’ starters outplayed the Bears’ starters and left with the score in their favor. The Bears won the game, but the Giants’ starters won the day.
Tempting as it might be to characterize the Giants’ 26-3 shellacking of the Jets on Saturday as the latest demonstration of the franchises’ opposite sizzle/steak ratios, it’s instructive to remember that it was still a meaningless preseason game.
We had heard that David Wilson was fast, but that description applies to a lot of guys who don’t make it.
Tom Coughlin just signed a contract extension through 2014. He has won two Super Bowls in his eight seasons as Giants’ head coach, which was also true of Bill Parcells when he abruptly resigned several months before the 1991 season.
You’ve probably heard about this little dust-up: Kurt Warner, the former star quarterback who took a mysterious sabbatical from his stardom as a Giant, expressed misgivings about having his children play football.(1)
Conventional wisdom holds that running backs are the most fungible football commodity out there. It’s hard to find a great one, but it’s relatively easy to find one who’s good enough.
Over the past several years, the Giants have adhered to that mantra, and proven it: Ahmad Bradshaw was a seventh-round pick, and Brandon Jacobs was a fourth-round pick. The Giants plugged them in and the running game, notwithstanding a dip last year to the lowest per-carry average in the league, has generally been good.(1)